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Configuring Notepad++ For Python

On the Settings->"Preferences", "Tab Settings" tab, I set "[Default]" at Tab size: 8, uncheck Replace by space; and set "Python" to uncheck Use default value, Tab size: 4, check Replace by space. This causes inserts into a python source to use 4 spaces for indents, and indent with spaces instead of tabs. 
If I end up with any tabs in the source, I use Edit->Blank Operations->TAB to Space to convert them. I also clean up trailing blanks with Edit->Blank Operations->Trim Trailing Space. 
I install and use the pep8 package to verify standard formatting.